These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Irvine For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Irvine are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Irvine, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Irvine neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Irvine are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Irvine for 2018:

  1. Lower Peters Canyon
  2. Woodbridge
  3. El Camino Real
  4. Walnut Village
  5. Oak Creek
  6. West Park
  7. Turtle Rock
  8. San Joaquin Marsh
  9. Irvine Health And Science Complex
  10. Northwood

Read on to see how we determined the places around Irvine that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in California check out the best places in California overall or the worst neighborhoods in Irvine.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Irvine for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Irvine, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 20 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Irvine.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Lower Peters Canyon.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Irvine has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. Lower Peters Canyon

Population: 21,816
Median Income: $107,049
Median Home Value: $548,160

2. Woodbridge

Population: 25,284
Median Income: $93,067
Median Home Value: $579,783

3. El Camino Real

Population: 15,703
Median Income: $99,875
Median Home Value: $463,717

4. Walnut Village

Population: 8,881
Median Income: $89,829
Median Home Value: $572,675

5. Oak Creek

Population: 10,754
Median Income: $102,313
Median Home Value: $581,567

6. West Park

Population: 22,732
Median Income: $108,006
Median Home Value: $528,156

7. Turtle Rock

Population: 10,172
Median Income: $120,160
Median Home Value: $894,134

8. San Joaquin Marsh

Population: 1,178
Median Income: $73,976
Median Home Value: $490,700

9. Irvine Health And Science Complex

Population: 4,706
Median Income: $95,158
Median Home Value: $428,750

10. Northwood

Population: 23,583
Median Income: $113,620
Median Home Value: $658,594

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Irvine

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Irvine where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Irvine:

  1. University Town Center
  2. Rancho San Joaquin
  3. Research Park

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Irvine

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Lower Peters Canyon 1 21,816 $548,160 1,049 4.9%
Woodbridge 2 25,284 $579,783 1,052 4.7%
El Camino Real 3 15,703 $463,717 1,369 3.9%
Walnut Village 4 8,881 $572,675 1,169 4.8%
Oak Creek 5 10,754 $581,567 1,132 7.5%
West Park 6 22,732 $528,156 1,159 4.1%
Turtle Rock 7 10,172 $894,134 583 5.1%
San Joaquin Marsh 8 1,178 $490,700 1,045 4.1%
Irvine Health And Science Complex 9 4,706 $428,750 1,403 3.1%
Northwood 10 23,583 $658,594 866 5.7%
Northwood Point 11 4,723 $870,350 583 7.5%
University Park 12 8,083 $522,350 1,283 6.4%
East Industrial Complex 13 1,344 $403,233 1,502 2.5%
Spectrum 14 2,606 $664,400 1,035 8.4%
Turtle Ridge 15 4,349 $500,000 1,092 7.8%
Business District 16 5,617 $299,967 1,402 5.2%
Uc Irvine 17 13,993 $281,567 2,041 3.2%
Research Park 18 1,389 $462,800 1,818 4.9%
Rancho San Joaquin 19 4,276 $178,867 2,133 6.3%
University Town Center 20 6,592 $293,580 2,041 4.3%

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